Deck and Porch Collapses
The Cape Cod slip and fall attorneys at the Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III represent people who are injured in deck and porch collapses at homes and other buildings. These accidents can cause serious and lasting injuries, including some that may not be immediately recognizable. Our attorneys offer more than 150 years of combined legal experience to clients who are seeking the full compensation available from those responsible. We work tirelessly to build comprehensive, compelling cases for the people whom we represent. Our attorneys also take the time to understand each client's unique personal circumstances and craft an approach that meets their needs.
Deck and porch collapses are particularly hazardous because of the height from which people may fall in these accidents and because they often happen suddenly, with little time to brace for a fall. Broken bones and head injuries are unfortunately common, and some deck and porch collapse accidents may even result in death.Forms of Compensation for Victims
If you or a loved one has been injured in a deck or porch collapse accident, you have the right to seek compensation from those responsible. Defendants may include the owner of the property on which the accident happened and the company that built the structure that collapsed. The money damages available in these cases include compensation for doctors' bills, property damage, missed wages due to time away from work while recuperating, and any reduction in your future earning capacity. In many cases, additional compensation is also available for pain, suffering, and emotional distress.Proving Premises Liability
Premises liability is a legal theory that holds property owners responsible for certain accidents and injuries that occur on the property. Owners generally owe anyone on the premises a "duty of care" to maintain the property in a reasonably safe condition. They are also expected to warn people of any hazards that the owner knows to exist or should know to exist if they made a reasonable inspection. An owner that fails to live up to this responsibility is likely to be legally liable for any accidents that happen as a result. Even if you are partly to blame for your injuries, your attorney may be able to recoup a proportional share of your damages under Massachusetts' modified comparative negligence standard.
The duty of care generally requires property owners to perform routine safety inspections to ensure that decks and porches are safe for use. It also obligates owners to address any safety hazards like loose boards, shaky guardrails, and uncertain support beams. Owners have a responsibility to make sure that a porch or deck is not loaded with more people than the structure can safely accommodate, especially during large gatherings like parties and events.
A person injured in a deck or porch collapse needs to establish that the owner violated the duty of care in order to get compensation for his or her injuries. You also need to show that the violation directly contributed to the collapse, which in turn caused you to be injured. Finally, you must be able to detail the full extent of your injuries. Medical records and testimony can go a long way in describing the impact of the accident on your life.Discuss Your Case with a Premises Liability Lawyer on Cape Cod
At the Law Offices of John C. Manoog, III, our attorneys have proudly served clients throughout Cape Cod and across the state since 1994. We are experienced in gathering evidence and advocating aggressively for the people whom we represent. You should not just take our word for it. We have a strong track record of success for our clients. Our attorneys offer free case evaluations to victims. If you cannot come to our office, we are happy to travel to you. We do not charge a fee in most of our personal injury cases unless we are successful. Call us at 888-262-6664 or contact us online to schedule your consultation. Nós Falamos Português.